French Press Brewing Guide

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The French Press is one of the worlds most used brewing methods. Also known as the immersion method, with the grinds being immersed in hot water for a set period of time.  

In comparing to photography, think of this like a low light situation where you're using a long exposure to let in as much light as possible to illuminate your scene. 

Just like photography this longer exposure period of the French Press allows us to capture more flavor from the coffee and produces a rich full body, more oily cup in comparison to other brewing methods.

What you need:

1. French Press

2. Spoon/Stirrer

3. Kettle

4. Scale

5. Filtered Water (1000g = 1000mL ~ 34oz)

6. Coarsely Ground Coffee (67g/2.5oz)

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Let's Get Started!

Step 1: Boil Water

You'll need hot, but not quite boiling water.  We recommend using water in the range of 190-200f (88-93c).  To achieve this you can heat the water until you get some small bubbles at the bottom of the kettle.  Don't worry if you reach full boil just let the kettle sit for a few minutes to cool.  Using water that is hotter can cause over extraction leading to bitter flavors.

Step 2: Pre-Heat

Make sure to pre-heat the French Press.  To do this, pour in a little bit of hot water, give it a swirl and let it sit for a moment.  You can then go ahead and discard the water.  We do this to bring the temperature of the press closer to the temperature of the hot coffee to avoid any temperature shock as we start the brew.  We don't want the hot water to immediately start to cool as we add it to the press to avoid the development of any off flavors.

Step 3: Add The Grounds

Go ahead and add those nice coarse grinds to the press. Although we give you our recommended coffee to water ratio in the What You Need section above, remember that drinking a great cup of coffee is all about enjoying it the way you like it.  So if you prefer a bit stronger or more mild brew please adjust as you see fit, just remember even small adjustments can lead to big change in flavor.

Step 4: Bloom

Once you've got those beans in your press it's time to get this brew started!  In this step pour a little bit of water from your kettle in a swirling motion to cover the beans.  Don't dump in the whole kettle at this point, but make sure to wet all the grinds.  You may see some bubbles forming and your grinds swelling up with water.  Don't worry, this is perfectly normal.  The extraction process is starting and is going to lead to a great cup.  Let this sit for 30-30 seconds.

Step 5: Fill & Gently Stir

After blooming add the remainder of the hot water to the french press and give the grinds a quick stir to mix things up.  Don't too stir vigorously as we don't want to encourage too much extraction too quickly which would produce a bitter cup.  Place the lid of the french press and push the mesh filter down slightly so the grinds are submerged just under the surface of the water.

Step 6: Brew & Plunge!

Now we wait, but not too long!  While you may be tempted to let this sit for a while we recommend a brew time of no more than 4 minutes.  Any longer than that and you run the risk of over extraction which is just going to lead to a bitter unpleasant tasting brew.  Once our timer goes off go ahead and slowly push down the plunger until the coffee grounds are at the bottom of the press.  Be gentle here, we don't need any accidents!

Step 7: Enjoy!!

Our favorite part!  Pour yourself a cup and enjoy!  Be sure to pour the coffee from the french press immediately after plunging.  Letting it sit too long will cause over extraction.  If you can't consume it all on one pour we recommend transferring the excess to a separate serving container.

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